Parents of the killed U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the government for 'Fast and Furious.'
(Image Source: Honor Brian Terr y) BY CHARESSE JAMES Anchor Candice Aviles The parents of the killed U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in connection to the failed “Fast and Furious” federal sting operation in 2010. Terry died in 2010 after a firefight between border agents and drug smugglers. VIA WJBK : “It was later found out the guns used to shoot him were part of fast and furious that allows thousands to purchase guns in mexico and bring them to arizona to detect them. so far one man has pleaded guilty in the murders.” According to Arizona’s The Republic , it was the original investigation into Terry’s death that exposed Operation Fast and Furious. The scandal led to the resignations of several federal officials, including U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke. It also resulted in hearings before the U.S. Senate. The botched operation became a major political fight, with Republican Rep. Darrell Issa leading the charge to get to the bottom of the tragedy. According to NewsMax , the "Fast and Furious" operation was launched in 2009 to catch trafficking kingpins. Authorities say the ring was believed to have supplied cartels with guns. Mexico's drug cartels often seek out guns in the U.S. because gun laws in Mexico are more restrictive than in the U.S. The lawsuit, filed Thursday and announced Friday, claims the failure of officials within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to properly oversee the gunrunning operation let to agent’s death. VIA KESQ : “His family claims federal officials should have known "fast and furious" created a risk to law enforcement authorities. the investigation was launched in 2009 to catch trafficking kingpins -- but agents lost track of about 14-hundred of the more than 2- thousand weapons involved.” VIA KGTV: “The authorities conducting the investigation have been criticized for failing to arrest suspected smugglers before agent brian terry's death. the suit names six a-t-f officials, as well as a federal prosecutor.” According to the Washington Times , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa... “...who led committee hearings into the shooting and the operation says there has been ‘real accountability’ for those whose actions contributed to the death and Justice Department officials who failed to properly oversee the operation.” The lawsuit seeks a compensation of $25 million.